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What we do

The Society of the Divine Word is the largest Roman Catholic order that focuses on missionary work. Throughout our history, we have entered lands where people are in need. As we listen to the people, observe their ways and become a part of their communities, we also discover how best we can show God’s love to them.

Sometimes we are their advocates, fighting injustice. Sometimes we build structure for their education systems. Sometimes we are catalysts for social development programs that provide food, clothing and shelter.

The Society of the Divine Word-Chicago Province mission statement

Called by our God
Empowered by the Word
Animated by the Spirit

Inspired by our founder
Enlightened by our heritage
Enriched by those we serve

We Divine Word Missionaries of the Chicago Province serve the kingdom by:

  • Proclaiming the Word of God
  • Inviting collaboration in mission
  • Journeying with our dialogue partners
  • Caring for one another
  • Calling and training new members